For all its flaws, there was a lot to like about the Yoga Book, Lenovo’s experimental touch keyboard laptop. The lightweight, extremely thin device doubled as a notepad, with included pen and paper that could be used over that touch keyboard for 1:1 handwriting and drawing on the paper and the display. Pretty cool, but for those more interested in the slim build and less interested in pen and paper, Lenovo is announcing the Yoga A12.
The Yoga A12 has the same magnesium and aluminum build as the Yoga Book, but lacks the stylus pen and paper, along with the digitization tech on the keyboard slate that makes 1:1 transfer possible. The A12 is a bit bigger at 12.2″, but still remains very thin and light thanks to the lack of a keyboard — the same light-up touch Halo keyboard introduced in the Yoga Book is used here. And, as always for a Yoga device, there is a 360-degree hinge.
The specs have been downgraded a bit to make the A12 a bit cheaper. It has a 720p anti-glare display, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage, a step down from the 1920 x 1200, 4 GB, and 64 GB on the Yoga Book, although it’ll still run on an Intel Atom x5 CPU. They’re definitely more tablet than laptop specs, so we’re not too surprised that this model will only run Android, while the Yoga Book had a Windows 10 option. Lenovo says the A12 will get about 13 hours of battery life.
Interestingly, the speakers should be really good for the size of the device. The Yoga A12 has dual speakers and Dolby Atmos processing, which makes audio sound a bit wider and clearer.
The Lenovo Yoga A12 will be available online starting February 8, and will be available in grey or rose gold. It’ll sell for $300, down from $500 for the Android version of the Yoga Book.